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East London, A charming, olde-worlde medium sized city, friendly and breezy is built between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. The city which has formed around the only river port in South Africa and attracts visitors from far and wide because of its scenic coastal beauty along the magnificent east coast of South Africa. Sub-tropical in nature with most of its rainfall in spring and autumn.
East London is the second largest industrial centre in the Eastern Cape with the motor industry being the dominant employer.

Centrally situated …

The N2 motorway connecting Cape Town and Durban bypasses the city of East London, while the N6 highway joins East London with Bloemfontein. The newly re-built East London Airport is a mere 10 klm from the city centre and offers daily flights to all major South African cities.

The hospitality of the folk in East London is worth mentioning. It has remained small enough to be known in South Africa as one of the most friendly cities yet it is also large enough to offer all the mod-cons of a city while the delightful neighbouring resort suburbs have a distinctive air of holidays … here you can smell the sea.


The ELICC (East London International Convention Centre) is possibly the largest international convention centre in the province and is a draw card to East London, for international and national conferences and seminars. This venture, while it was at first thought of as a brave one, has already proved that it is worthy of much that Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are with 3 and 4 star hotels within walking distance.


While it is a central destination and while it is a popular holiday destination and well known for industry, East London is proud to present one of the most up-to-date convention centres in South Africa which also incorporates the 261 roomed, up-market Premier Hotel Cascades, with panoramic views of the pristine beaches.


Recently, while I was visiting my family in Gonubie, a delightful olde-worlde holiday town, approximately 9 klms out of the hubbub of the city itself, heading back towards the old Transkei Road, we spent a wonderful evening at the modern, large Hemmingways Complex which is built between the city and Gonubie and Beacon Bay. We attended a magical tribute to the BeeGees in the theatre which is located in the Casino area of the centre. As we were early, we stopped to have a meal at “Latitudes”, managed by Tsogo Sun, which is directly in front of the theatre. Our dining experience was memorable and I highly recommend this little restaurant to locals and travellers for outstanding standards of service, scrumptious meals at unbelievably reasonable prices. For example, my sister and I shared an Ox Tail meal, as we only wanted something light. This delicious dish was served to us, complete with a selection of fresh veggies and mashed potato for R84.00! … I wonder how many other restaurants of this top calibre can offer a large meal at this price? !

Latitudes is just one small part of the greater hotel within this modern, ample complex. The Hemmingways Hotel offers large, medium sized and small conference venues as well as over 100 rooms for accommodation. Being central between the city and the smaller suburbs or holiday villages around the city, it is a very convenient and desirable venue, managed with highly trained staff in attendance, excellent attention to detail and super smart service. A very impressive venue, unusual as it is not a stand alone hotel but a great part of the Hemmingways complex which is privately owned.

For more information on accommodation rooms, conference centres, function venues, contact us at Venue Pages on our telephone number 0861 262 262 or by e-mail on or visit our website at and visit our blog posts on As we operate nationally, we can assist you with all your block accommodation requirements, your conference and seminar needs as well as your year-end functions and the like.

Other beauty spots nearby …

Gonubie … a mere 15 minute drive from the city, is a warm and friendly little village where many residents prefer to live because Nature has blessed this little town with one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on the East Coast.

Fishing is a ‘national’ hobby in Gonubie and surrounds, where charters take off from most weekends, weather permitting. These must be pre-booked and may be done by contacting The Venue Pages or Rory Hare, the Skipper of a magnificent deep sea fishing boat on 082 787 5931.

Travelling towards Mthatha and Durban, East Londoners and visitors to Buffalo city are fortunate to have a number of picturesque coastal villages and holiday resorts within a short drive from the city … these include, Chintsa East and Chintsa West, Kei Mouth and the 4-star Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and Conference facility, which although inland, is also very close to the sea with beautiful sea views, luxury tented accommodation and hotel rooms and a state-of-the-art conference centre. This coast line has remained unspoilt over the decades and is very reminiscent of the Wild Coast resorts.

Southern Sun Hemingways, East London

Situated in the scenic coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Southern Sun Hemingways takes its inspiration from the Key West home of famous writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ernest Hemingway. Gracious design is infused with sub-tropical elements, which result in a warm yet infinitely stylish hotel that instantly puts you at ease.

Step back into a time of elegant accommodation and well-thought-out features, as you explore the many sights that are found within the city and its surrounds. From the comfort of your base, the famous Eastern Cape beaches beckon, along with historical attractions and plenty of other things to see and do.

Southern Sun Hemingways Features

Each of the 108 en-suite rooms offered by the hotel was designed with comfort in mind. Décor is relaxed yet stylish, with furnishings carefully chosen to add to the Key West atmosphere. Features include tea and coffee stations, hairdryers, electric safes, air-conditioning, porter service, wake up facility and 18-hour room service. Double, queen and king rooms as well as a Presidential Suite is on offer. Smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms meanwhile can also be arranged on request.

Services and facilities offered throughout the rest of the hotel are equally well-appointed. A fitness centre is available to keep you in shape, conferencing facilities are on hand if you are here to work, and free high-speed WiFi is also offered. You can also enjoy access to Hemingways Casino & Entertainment Complex, along with delicious breakfast and dinner options at Key Largo Restaurant. There are many other restaurants and facilities found at the nearby Hemingways Mall should you feel like getting out and about.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of East London with the help of Southern Sun Hemingways – your sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Eastern Cape.

Call 0861 262 262 for more information or conference and seminar bookings. Visit out website and our Blog. and read about our on-going, national competitions.

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Review by Rosalie Howard – Venue Pages

Crawfords Beach Lodge. a conference venue in The Eastern Cape

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Among many delightful spots along the Wild and East Coast of the Eastern Cape Province, where you will find white, pristine beaches, along the refreshing Indian Ocean, surfing havens and a fisherman’s paradise is CRAWFORDS BEACH LODGE at Chintsa.  This conference venue in the Eastern Cape, is a mere 20 minute drive from Gonubie, which is on the outskirts of East London, on the Buffalo River.

Crawford’s Beach Lodge, set along the magical Wild Coast, offers rustic luxury accommodation for the most discerning of travelers and conference organisers, who are looking for privacy, peace, and tranquility.

Crawford’s is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean. A romantic getaway to explore the many beautiful treasures the wild coast has to offer.

Spend your days walking on our endless golden beaches and be absorbed by the untouched natural beauty of the landscape while discovering new exotic bird and fish life indigenous to the area.

Our location is malaria free. We are approximately 42km from East London, far enough from the madding crowd, but close enough for emergencies.

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Our Lodge offers 34 luxury suites which consist of double and twin bedrooms all en-suite and each with its own private balcony, overlooking the sea. The suites are fully equipped with bar fridge, DSTV, coffee and tea making facilities, with air conditioning or fans.

Bar and Restaurant:
Get acquainted with your fellow guests by interacting in our lounge, having a drink in the bar or merely relaxing on the lawn under the tropical Khamanga palms.

The Crawford’s pride themselves with the cuisine they have on offer; delicious and nutritious homemade meals. All meals are served in the main dining room overlooking the sea and are set up as a buffet , offering sumptuous dining with a wide variety of dishes.

Conference Facilities:
Our spacious conference venues can accommodate 80 delegates in an air-conditioned environment. We offer fully catered conference packages, which include arrival tea in addition to morning and afternoon teas, luncheons and breakfasts and dinners for those whom would like to stay the night. We also have an on-site team building facilitator. Breakaway rooms and audio equipment are also available if required. The peace and tranquility of Crawford’s is certainly a result-achieving venue for conference delegates.

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Senses @ Crawford’s:
Senses @ Crawford’s is our newly built Spa, which offer the ultimate relaxation overlooking the ocean where dolphins and whales can be seen in the distance.

In short:
Treat yourself and the special person in your life to a romantic getaway. Stay in a luxury thatched suite; relax on the deck while sipping champagne, and enjoy the sun set over the shimmering ocean. Come and share our slice of paradise!
Facilities on offer:

  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 35km of unspoilt beach
  • Conference and Team Building facilities (80 people)
  • Wedding and Honeymoon facilities
  • Crawford’s Famous Seafood Extravaganza every Saturday night
  • Guest dining room (100 people)
  • Fully licensed bar
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Tennis Court
  • Children’s Playground – Jungle Gyms and Trampoline
  • Children’s play room & Child minding facilities
  • Day Spa

and so, so much more…..

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Win with Cape St Francis Resort, a conference venue in the Eastern Cape

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CAPE ST. FRANCIS RESORT, a conference venue in the Eastern Cape, are happy to announce a new competition featuring this magnificent and unusual resort venue with unique Team Building opportunities, like nothing you have experienced before!

Read this article then answer the question below by leaving your answer in the comments section below, hit submit, hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button and you’re in! This competition will run for a full month and at the end of that period, we will draw one lucky winner who will win a prize consisting of a luxury weekend for two adults, on a bed and breakfast basis. The lucky draw will take place on 14 August, 2013. Good Luck!


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Very seldom do you find a venue/resort that specializes in several fields and caters to so many diverse groups of people. Whether you’re looking for holiday leisure, conferencing, accommodation, team building, strategic workshop facilitation or just plain good old fun and great entertainment, The Cape St. Francis Resort delivers all of this and more under one umbrella!
The “Resort” is based in the picturesque seaside town of Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape and just under an hour’s drive from the Port Elizabeth airport. To our locals and visitors the Resort has become synonymous with a quality of life that is not easily matched due to its stunning natural surroundings, impeccable service, relaxed environment, attention to detail and attitude.

Under the Cape St. Francis Resort umbrella you will find an array of amenities that include our in-house health and beauty centre Hibiscus, 4 x fully equipped conferencing venues and the delectable and popular restaurant “Joe Fish” that caters to all dietary needs. Regular evening entertainment includes live music; quiz evenings, big screen sport broadcasts and even Karaoke!
During the last 15 years the Resort has been instrumental in facilitating large/medium corporate and governmental conferencing and team building. Whilst honing our skills in this very unique field we found ourselves exploring deeper into the rabbit hole and discovered that there was so much more to offer our clients in terms of added value and quality within our team building activities and workshops. Thus the birth of Quantum Leap.

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Quantum Leap in our in-house solution to facilitating your delegates with a meaningful and strategic team building and workshop experience that is tailor made specifically to your company/team culture and dynamics. Motivation, Coaching and Teambuilding all remain very delicate activities and would need to be handled by professional facilitators. Heading our efforts at Quantum Leap is our co-founder and permanently based Teambuilding and Workshop Facilitator Johan Cronje.

Johan is a Registered Member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) as well as a Certified NLP Practitioner , Life Coach and NET Practitioner and holds qualifications and experience in Psychology, Business Management and Human Resources.
Quantum Leap’s efforts rest on two pillars mainly being Workshop Facilitating and Team Building Adventure Activities.

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Workshop Facilitating content include subjects such as time management, dealing with departmental/company mergers, conflict management, the process of company/personal goal setting, strategic thinking, fundamental life skills, deleting limited beliefs and much more!

Its all about People… And People are Individuals – At Quantum Leap we UNITE People and IGNITE Potential!

We approach every single workshop differently through a pre-framing process and desired outcomes are planned and discussed well before the workshop takes place! During the facilitation process we gather, discuss and deliver feedback. Finally, after each workshop we have thorough de-briefings and your delegates are handed all relevant information in the form of a digital resource pack to take with them and implement back in their normal environment.

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Our Teambuilding Adventure Activities include; Survivor Challenges, Amazing Race, Braaimaster, Beach Olympics, African Drumming, Potjiekos Competitions, Group Yoga and Qigong and much more. At Quantum Leap we don’t just facilitate your team but partner-up alongside you to achieve your goals and desired outcomes. In short, we see ourselves more as partners than facilitators that tailor to our client’s specific needs.

Our Adventure activities are all designed to incorporate and consider key business benefits and follow the same pre-framing and de-briefing procedures as our above mentioned workshops. You know your team best and each activity can be tailored to your group culture, level of fitness, corporate hierarchy and requirements.

All programs are designed to promote group interaction and “out of the box” thinking!

In closing and considering the above, there really is no reason not to choose The Cape St. Francis Resort as your next holiday leisure, conferencing, accommodation, team building, and strategic workshop facilitation destination.

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COMPETITION TIME! … What is the name of the Team Building / Life Skills Programme facilitated by Johan Cronje?

Answers to reach us by the evening of 13 August. We will draw one lucky winner for the wonderful prize of a weekend for two adults (bed and breakfast) on the morning of 14 August.  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section below and hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button.

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Day 71: Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

Day 71: Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve (Photo credit: sharonpe)

The Eastern Cape has seen some busy activities in this past month with the Grahamstown Arts Festival having kick-started the events which have followed in its wake. Stats at the festival recorded that some 218 000 visitors checked in at the Arts Festival.

This past weekend, The Stanton’s who own the magnificent Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and Lodge hosted the 13thWild Coast Jikeleza Festival’ on their beautiful property, 30 klms east of East London. This is a sequel to last weekend’s ‘Christmas in July Festival’ at Hogsback.  Both events attracted thousands of visitors and the organisers said that the attendance and participation exceeded all expectations.

Graham Stanton, founder of the Wild Coast Jikeleza Association and co-owner of Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve, was motivated to start the annual Jikeleza Festival and Jikeleza Association by a trip along the KZN Midlands Meander 13 years ago. ‘Jikeleza’, a Xhosa name means ‘Meander’ and the tourism area of Jikeleza starts from Floradale outside East London and continues along the East Coast Resorts Road.

The Jikeleza Marketing movement is responsible for having created some 500 full-time jobs for local folk.

The festival attracts visitors from Port Elizabeth, Queenstown Mthatha and of course, East London and surrounding areas.

A little background

Inkwenkwezi, was a manifested dream of the Umtata born Stanton brothers, Graham and Keith.

Some time after Graham matriculated, he moved to the CintsaValley and bought portion of the property on which Inkwenkwezi is now situated with the idea of developing a game farm.

Over the years, stocking of the game park has resulted in there being over 40 species of game, including sightings of leopard which have been encouraged by the buck/game to return to the area.

One of the Big-5 reserves however taking into consideration the uniqueness of the reserve’s locality, being adjacent to the coast there is also the possibility of spotting the Southern Wright Whale which would entitle this magical property to be called a Big-6 Reserve!

Inkwenkwezi started off employing 10 staff members and over the years, as the reserve has grown they now employ 80 people with these numbers likely to grow as the reserve develops even further. Local crafters are also encouraged to provide the on site Curio Shop with locally made items, native to the area.

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve is a 4-star property offering luxury tented accommodation, tastefully appointed with all mod-cons and en-suite bathrooms plus 25 en-suite bedrooms in the Lodge.

Conference venues at Inkwenkwezi Game Lodge

4-star Conference facilities seat up to 120 delegates while the Lapa, used for out-door conferences and events seats up to 30 people. A relaxing haven in the bush where traditional and Western cuisine is offered to resident guests.

Each family in residence in the luxury tented camp is served right royally by a dedicated tour guide/ranger who attends to all one’s needs from collecting guests at their tent and taking them to the Lodge or the Lapa for their meals to taking them on a personal game drive throughout the magnificent reserve, home to Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, many species of Buck, Zebra, Cheetah, Warthog and many bird species.

Activities on site include guided game drives, guided mountain biking, guided quad bike tours, and the tour of the Elephant Sanctuary, a highlight of one’s visit to Inkwenkwezi where visitors may interact with the elephants, feed them, touch and smell them. An experience you will never forget, close up and personal with one of the world’s greatest and largest animals.

Article written by Rosalie Howard, The Venue Pages.